How to help your child with math homework
We did it!!!!!
This was such an amazing first week. I am so happy to see everyone getting along so well and helping each other.
We played a few math games, one of which was roll and build. They had two dice and had to add up the number. Then on a sheet there was 12 boxes each with a different number. They would then add a tower to the block. It was great to see their enthusiasm and see them working together.
We talked about what good readers do this week. Our first goal was talking about predictions and what we think might be about when looking at the cover.
The kids loved watching their friends share their treasure box items. It really helped the to find common interests and were seen talking about those items later in the day.
We are hoping to find one student to join student council. They meet each Friday during lunch recess to talk about issues at school. If you could talk to your child and see if they are interested. If they are please send me an email and will talk to them in school.
(This has also been added to Readers’ Workshop post section at the top)
Throughout the year I will post a few updates about what you as parents can do to assist your child.
For the first few weeks our goal is to help them to love reading. We will be learning how to pick a “just right book” throughout the year, although sometimes they may still come home with books that are to hard for them (especially towards the beginning when any book is ok at the moment).
Here are some ideas of what you can do to help them at home. Some tips can be exchanged between each group but tried to organize them a little to help.
If they don’t know most the words
Read the pictures – have them describe in detail what is happening in the pictures and see if you can see any words that match (if there is a pizza in the picture look for that word)
We will start something called a picture walk soon which is where we go through the pictures and tell our own story.
Have them pick out words they do know such as simple sight words: a, the, at, home, etc.
Feel free to read the book along with them pointing to the words and maybe helping them sound out easy to read words.
If they know some words
Have the read the words they can and use strategies such as sounding it out, looking for word patterns, using the picture, etc. Whatever tools they are most comfortable with when coming upon a hard to read word. We will be going over new strategies throughout the year that will help them with this as well.
If they know all the words
Encourage them to read the book once, and again to see if they notice anything different. Also ask questions listed below.
Additional skills/questions to ask them
Connect prior knowledge – Ask them what they already know about the subject before they open the book.
Make a prediction – Ask them what they think will happen next.
Connections – Ask them questions such as do you have any connections (Have you been to a park like that?)
Retelling – Have them retell important parts of the story
Characters – Have them describe or tell about the traits of characters in the story.
A few reminders.
LABEL EVERYTHING!!! Please make sure that all of your chid’s belongings are labeled with their name in an easy to see spot, especially their school and gym clothes. We have a lot of kids changing at the same time and things get mixed up easily when they all look the same. Please double check that every item has their name on it.
Gym days – We just got an email from the gym teachers asking you to make sure to bring plenty of water (they also can fill up at school) and also a hat if they would like.
Please make sure they bring their homework bag everyday.
Homework calendar- They have reading everyday, I will try to have them write their book title, but some days may run out of time. Their job is color in or circle how they liked the book at the bottom.
If homework is written on a Tuesday, that means it is due Wednesday.